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"judy college" Discussed on 77WABC Radio

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"judy college" Discussed on 77WABC Radio

"It's town Hall, Jimmy. Um A, uh, a narc appellate song by the guy who wrote Cold tattoo, and then I get this thing a couple of wonderful songs by Tom Passion and I get to Do Dillon's great song, the loans and Best of Hattie Carroll. And so I'm singing songs that have always been with me, but it's poignant for me to think that I get to be at town Hall the same home. Where all those years ago I stood on the stage for the first time in New York and did a solo. Concert in a great gorgeous musical Judy Collins. It's hard to believe. Because you started a such a kid. Bet you were even nervous sitting on a stage in the sixties. Do you have any anxiety now? When you perform? I was raised in a family work. Performance was everything. My father was in the radio business. So he was a performer and the singer not bad songwriter, by the way, but then wonderful, lustrous song sings singing voice and People adored him. And he did this shows and two packed audiences. And and so every day when he got up, he didn't matter how much you had to drink the night before, By the way, uh, which was no. He was a periodic now that you know, but that saved us a lot of and he always no matter what she got up, smiling. He got up singing. Come and say, you know, grab your coat and get your hat worries on the George ship, and that's the way we woke up right and shine. You would say so. It was always being prepared and being ready to go on the radio to do it shows. To drive out to the fundraisers with which sing it. First fundraiser right over was too. I was seven years old, and it was the The vaccine for polio. Oh, my gosh. It was a fundraiser in 1949 hours 48 in Los Angeles and the soft vaccine and I got there with my dad And this this little girl and it's beautiful when they put me in an iron lung to show how it was done. I was thrilled. My mother was not thrilled when we got sure. She was not true. So I got polio a couple years later in Denver, and she always blamed that trip to the South. Best teams fundraiser where they put me in the iron Lung. She thought that was that was the reason Anyway, I was always the preps and prepared and I had to practice the piano every day and play with an orchestra. So That night in 1964. When I sang first at Town Hall, I was nervous, but it wasn't because of performing. It was because all the material was brand new and We had decided to record that concert so you can get that concert from Amazon or wherever you are records and you can get it. It's called Judy called the Judy Collins concert, and it's me on the cover standing there in a little short white dress. And playing the guitar, and that was 1964. And I'm gonna wear something. I'm gonna wear something different. Yeah, it's probably still fits. No, you I'm talking to Judy College, and Judy is going to recreate This legend the 1964 concert, her debut at town hall on the siblings in your family. Were you the only one with the voice and the guitar and all the music? They could all sing and most of the altering my brothers of played the guitar. I think Dave didn't play the guitar, but he worked in wood and carved all kinds of beautiful things and was an artist in his own right. And but both. So Mike and Denver my two brothers, Can play the charge sing and my sister We always think we could all sing and we all saying I was the one that took after my father. You know, my father was so encouraging to me. Um And I understand when people say they're meant or whether it was a parent or a teacher when they left the planet. It was a disaster when my father died in 68 I realize now that he was the reason that I felt comfortable doing anything in the world because he felt That I was a woman, which meant that, he said. Women are much more talented than men, and they're much more usually much more efficient about what they They got to do is as occurred. No, I just I must back on it. And I say that he was He decided blind from the age of four that he was going to not let that hinder him in any way. And I suppose that part of the straight or as you say, the endurance, I suppose the endurance Other genes. You know, I've got 100 year old and to still kicking in Seattle. So it's fantastic. I'm going and you know, people, you know. Well, look at you and say, Oh, what a what a life Fabulous, But they forget all the pain that went into the recreating Judy Collins of the creation and you got through it. You have that resilience. And you know you got through every bit of it and helped everyone else get through. I think music has done it for me. Music is lifted me out of the trenches that I was in. And it's made it possible for me to have a career. Have you know what to make a living? That's it. There's nothing wrong with making a living. You know, there's nothing embarrassing or or low class about making a living. It's one of the wonderful things that we can do with our lives. And I was lucky enough to be able to find people that believed in me. I looked back. You know nowadays, but all the time. I always do some meditation and prayer, and I always say thank you God for putting me in a place where other people could help me and I could help other people. It's a It's a mutual mutual, uh, agreement that we we give and we take and sometimes it's it's better to give them to take and sometimes you gotta take because you've got to take the advice and the help that people give you. And you do I mean from your friends early on. I mean, you had to make your own way, which you did. But it didn't hurt to have so many people in your corner, you know? Still, with all your your new music to on the you're constantly writing. I always thought Amazing Grace was yours. You know that it belong to you. Thank you. Thanks and E was lucky. I knew it from my grandmother's teaching it to me. And then I sang it at a Have a, um A kind of sixties mental health group. That was an encounter group in 69. I sang it because everybody else was. Everybody was sort of carry each other part. My my Producer who was in that group said You better sing something if they're all coming off office walls. You better seen something before Somebody gets hurt here. So I sang Amazing Grace because I knew that keep some people would know if you words and course everybody calm down, and the next morning he called me and said I think we should record that. So in 1969. We went over to the ST Paul's Chapel on Columbia University. And walked in there, and the acoustics are so brilliant and I recorded it..

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